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Feb 21, 2017

The ever busy Amanda Palmer has announced a new collaborative album with Edward Ka-Spel of the Anglo-Dutch psychedelic band The Legendary Pink Dots. A press release says Ka-Spel is one of Palmer's "greatest artistic heroes."  More

Under the Radar’s Protest Auction Ends Today at 2 PM ET – Thurston Moore, Best Coast, and More

Bid on Protest Signs from our Protest Issue to Help Us Donate to the American Cancer Society – Amanda Palmer, Moby, Mew, Tegan and Sara, Sharon Jones, and More

Oct 25, 2016

Under the Radar's Protest Auction for the American Cancer Society ends today (Tuesday, October 25) at 2 PM eastern. This is your last chance to both help us raise money for cancer research and own a unique piece of music memorabilia. You can still go to eBay to bid on all of the autographed musician-made protest signs featured in Under the Radar's 2016 Protest Issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer Society. The auction includes protest signs made by Tegan and SaraAmanda PalmerBest CoastSharon JonesThurston MooreBanks & SteelzMobyMewOK GoOkkervil RiverMetronomyWild BeastsCar Seat HeadrestLushLocal NativesJulien BakerSuper Furry AnimalsBilly BraggPerfect PussyWye OakEverything EverythingSchool of Seven BellsDeerhoofKristin KontrolAndrew W.K.YeasayerNatalie PrassSuperchunkThe Julie RuinFrankie CosmosKevin MorbyLUHTacocatXiu XiuSlow Club, and many others. More

Under the Radar’s Protest Sign Auction Ends Tomorrow – Moby, Mew, Tegan and Sara, and More

Bid on Protest Signs from our Protest Issue – Amanda Palmer, Best Coast, Thurston Moore, Sharon Jones, and More Help Us Donate to the American Cancer Society

Oct 24, 2016

Under the Radar's Protest Auction for the American Cancer Society ends tomorrow (Tuesday, October 25) at 2 PM eastern. You can still go to eBay to bid on all of the autographed musician-made protest signs featured in Under the Radar's 2016 Protest Issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer Society. The auction includes protest signs made by Tegan and SaraAmanda PalmerBest CoastSharon JonesThurston MooreBanks & SteelzMobyMewOK GoOkkervil RiverMetronomyWild BeastsCar Seat HeadrestLushLocal NativesJulien BakerSuper Furry AnimalsBilly BraggPerfect PussyWye OakEverything EverythingSchool of Seven BellsDeerhoofKristin KontrolAndrew W.K.YeasayerNatalie PrassSuperchunkThe Julie RuinFrankie CosmosKevin MorbyLUHTacocatXiu XiuSlow Club, and many others. More

Bid on Protest Signs by Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer, Best Coast, and More in Our Protest Auction

Charity Auction Benefiting the American Cancer Society Includes Thurston Moore, Sharon Jones, Mew, Lush, Moby, Wye Oak, Local Natives, OK Go, and More

Oct 21, 2016

Continuing all weekend and until next Tuesday, all of the autographed musician-made protest signs featured in Under the Radar's 2016 Protest Issue will be auctioned on eBay, with all profits going to the American Cancer Society. The auction includes protest signs made by Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer, Best Coast, Sharon Jones, Thurston Moore, Banks & Steelz, Moby, Mew, OK Go, Okkervil River, Metronomy, Wild Beasts, Car Seat Headrest, Lush, Local Natives, Julien Baker, Super Furry Animals, Billy Bragg, Perfect Pussy, Wye Oak, Everything Everything, School of Seven Bells, Deerhoof, Kristin Kontrol, Andrew W.K., Yeasayer, Natalie Prass, Superchunk, The Julie Ruin, Frankie Cosmos, Kevin Morby, LUH, Tacocat, Xiu Xiu, Slow Club, and many others. More

Under the Radar’s Protest Sign Auction for the American Cancer Society Starts Now

Bid on Protest Signs from our Protest Issue – Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer, Best Coast, Thurston Moore, Sharon Jones, and More

Oct 18, 2016

Starting today and continuing for the next seven days, all of the autographed musician-made protest signs featured in Under the Radar's 2016 Protest Issue will be auctioned on eBay, with all profits going to the American Cancer Society. The auction includes protest signs made by Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer, Best Coast, Sharon Jones, Thurston Moore, Banks & Steelz, Moby, Mew, OK Go, Okkervil River, Metronomy, Wild Beasts, Car Seat Headrest, Lush, Local Natives, Julien Baker, Super Furry Animals, Billy Bragg, Perfect Pussy, Wye Oak, Everything Everything, School of Seven Bells, Deerhoof, Kristin Kontrol, Andrew W.K., Yeasayer, Natalie Prass, Superchunk, The Julie Ruin, Frankie Cosmos, Kevin Morby, LUH, Tacocat, Xiu Xiu, Slow Club, and many others. More

Oct 18, 2016

Amanda Palmer recently teamed up with her formerly estranged 72-year-old father, Jack Palmer, for a collaborative album of covers entitled You Got Me Singing. It's billed to "Jack & Amanda Palmer" and came out back in July. Now the duo have shared a video for their cover of the standard "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," which was based on a Victorian nursery poem and first put to music by The Simon Sisters.  More

Listen: Amanda Palmer - “Pictures of Me” (Elliott Smith Cover)

Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith Due Out Tomorrow via American Laundromat Records

Oct 13, 2016

American Laundromat Records are releasing Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith tomorrow (October 14). The Elliott Smith tribute album will feature newly recorded covers of Smith's songs by Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, Waxahatchee, Lou Barlow, Adam Franklin of Swervedriver, Tanya Donelly, and others.  More

Listen: Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley Release a New EP, Stream It Now

Sketches for the Musical JIB EP Out Now on Bandcamp and Vinyl

Sep 14, 2016

Amanda Palmer has teamed up with previous collaborator Jason Webley for a new EP entitled Sketches for the Musical JIB. It's available to download now on Bandcamp and can also be streamed below.  More

Under the Radar Examines Music and Politics with the 2016 Protest Issue

Special Issue Takes On Sexism and Feminism in the Music Industry, Tackles the Election, and Features Amanda Palmer on the Cover

Sep 09, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our 2016 Protest Issue (out September, October, and into November), which is out now both digitally and on newsstands. We've done a Protest Issue every U.S. Presidential election year since 2004 and as before this issue features articles examining the intersection of music and politics and photo shoots with musicians holding protest signs of their own making. Then in mid-October we will be launching our charity Protest Auction, in which we auction off all the protest signs in the issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer SocietyMore

Amanda Palmer Shares Parody Dance Song with Reggie Watts, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, and More

"On the Door" Also Features Neil Gaiman, Ben Folds, Craig Ferguson, Eugene Mirman, and More

Sep 02, 2016

It sure is fun to be an Amanda Palmer fan. If she's not covering David Bowie with a string quartet, then she's releasing an album with her formerly estranged father or performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety on New Year's Eve.  More

Jun 27, 2016

Amanda Palmer has teamed up with her father, Jack Palmer, for a collaborative album of covers entitled You Got Me Singing. It's billed to "Jack & Amanda Palmer" and is due out July 15.  More

Watch Amanda Palmer & Brendan Maclean Cover Bat For Lashes’ “Laura”

Dedicated by Palmer to her late friend Anthony

Jun 22, 2016

Today Amanda Palmer shared a cover of Bat for Lashes' 2012 ballad "Laura," which features Australian musician Brendan Maclean. More

May 31, 2016

Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff have teamed up to cover Prince's classic "Purple Rain," the title track to the late musician's 1984 album (and soundtrack to the film of the same name). The cover can be streamed below and bought via Palmer's Bandcamp for $1.00, with all proceeds benefitting The Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF), which, as a press release describes, is "a music and arts therapy program for abused and abandoned children co-founded by Sheila E. and long supported by Prince." More

May 25, 2016

Amanda Palmer has teamed up with her father, Jack Palmer, for a collaborative album of covers entitled You Got Me Singing. It's billed to "Jack & Amanda Palmer" and is due out July 15. Below is the stop motion video their cover of Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." More

Elliott Smith Tribute Album to Feature Julien Baker, Amanda Palmer, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, and Yuck

Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith Due Out October 15 via American Laundromat Records

Mar 03, 2016

American Laundromat Records have announced Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith, which is due out October 15. The Elliott Smith tribute album will feature newly recorded covers of Smith's songs by Julien Baker, Amanda Palmer, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, Yuck, Waxahatchee, Lou Barlow, J Mascis, Adam Franklin of Swervedriver, Tanya Donelly, and others. More

David Bowie Tribute Concerts Add Michael Stipe, Cat Power, Pixies, Mumford & Sons, and More

Plus Anna Calvi, Blondie, Amanda Palmer, and Others at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall

Feb 17, 2016

Two tribute concerts to the late David Bowie were actually announced just before his death, but have taken on new meaning following his passing. The Music of David Bowie shows are going down March 31 at Carnegie Hall and April 1 at Radio City Music Hall.  More

Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff to Release David Bowie EP Featuring Neil Gaiman and Anna Calvi

Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute Due Out Tomorrow, Listen to "Blackstar" Cover

Feb 04, 2016

Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff have teamed up to release an EP of David Bowie covers entitled Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute. The EP features covers of six Bowie songs and also includes contributions from Anna CalviJohn Cameron Mitchell, and author Neil Gaiman (Palmer's husband).  More

Feb 15, 2013

Amanda Palmer has released a new video for "The Bed Song," the latest single off the female artist's most recent LP Theatre is Evil. More

Amanda Palmer to Cover Prince’s “Purple Rain” At New Year’s Eve Show

Plus, See Her do the Time Warp…’Cause Why Not?

Nov 29, 2012

Capping off a year touring behind newly released solo effort Theatre is Evil, Amanda Palmer will ring in the New Year in a royal fashion.  More

Nov 09, 2012

The video for Amanda Palmer's song "Do It With a Rock Star" opens with two self-deprecating scenes. More

Nov 06, 2012

Though musicians have been experimenting with crowd-funding of their projects in recent years, it’s probable that no musician has been as successful as Amanda Palmer at using her fans’ generosity to make record labels unnecessary. More

Digital Version of Under the Radar’s Protest Issue Contains 132 Pages of Extra Content

Additional Bonus Interviews With Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, Death Cab for Cutie, Dinosaur Jr., The Drums, Richard Hawley, The New Pornographers, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, and More

Oct 19, 2012

Just a reminder that the not-to-be-missed digital version of Under the Radar’s The Protest Issue includes all the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 132 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print edition. Included are extra interviews with Andrew BirdAriel Pink's Haunted GraffitiDan DeaconDeath Cab for CutieDinosaur Jr.The DrumsEMARichard HawleyFucked UpLiarsBob MouldTom MorelloThe New PornographersOkkervil RiverAmanda PalmerLaetitia SadierJD Samson of Le Tigre and MenTegan and Sara, and more.  More

Amanda Palmer Crowdsourcing Controversy Continues

Steve Albini Joins Critics Railing Against Singer's Search for Volunteer Musicians

Sep 14, 2012

Steve Albini has taken to his message board on Electric Audio to rant against Amanda Palmer's methods of asking musicians to donate time and talent on her tour, where they receive beer and hugs in lieu of compensation. More

Under the Radar’s Protest Issue feat. Dan Deacon and Tegan & Sara covers hits newsstands next week!

Issue Also Features Ariel Pink, Passion Pit, Wild Nothing, Matthew Dear, Death Cab for Cutie, Janelle Monáe, Andrew Bird, The Drums, Tom Morello, Zola Jesus, Amanda Palmer, and much more

Aug 23, 2012

Under the Radar is pleased to share our election year Protest Issue for 2012, on newsstands next week, featuring two covers with Dan Deacon and Tegan and Sara. The issue features major stories on the music of Occupy and Gay musicians talking about current Queer issues. The issue is now available to buy in the digital/iPad format hereMore

Aug 10, 2012

Former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer and her new backing band The Grand Theft Orchestra have announced that their recently teased new album will be called Theater Is Evil and will see release on Sept. 11. More

Apr 30, 2012

DIY-punk cabaret songstress Amanda Palmer is set to release her first album since parting ways with her record label four years ago. More

Watch: Amanda Palmer’s “Occupy” Homage

Created In Part With Filmmaker Michael Gill

Nov 15, 2011

Amanda Palmer (she of Dresden DollsEvelyn Evelyn, and solo) has been traveling the country, visiting occupy sites. We have her tribute video.  More

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman Team Up for West Coast Tour

Amanda “Fucking” Palmer Tour Dates Also Announced

Sep 08, 2011

Newlyweds Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman are about to embark on a tour they have cleverly titled, "An Evening with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer". Sure to bring an eclectic mix of fans of both Gaiman and Palmer, the shows will feature a mix of the spoken word, songs, stories, and conversations with audiences. More

News Roundup: Play Basketball with Arcade Fire, Sing Along With David Lynch, Waiting for Tom Waits

Also: New Music from Wavves, Electrelane on Black Cab and Zola Jesus on Daytrotter

Aug 17, 2011

So much news, so little time! Here is a roundup of all the entertainment stories that we didn't have time to post this week.  More

Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds to Collaborate on New Material

Collaboration Part of This Month's Rethink Music Conference

Apr 08, 2011

During the last week of April, The Dresdon Doll's Amanda Palmer and piano master Ben Folds will be locked in a studio together for eight hours. We have the reason why. More

Amanda Palmer Revels in a Land “Down Under”

Streams New Single, Releases Tracklist and Dates

Jan 05, 2011

Today, Palmer gives us a bit more than a sneak peak of the lively, almost-tropical album with a free stream of "Map of Tasmania." We have the stream. More

Nov 10, 2010

For the next chapter in the Amanda Palmer’s artistic saga (a story that has already included conjoined twinsDresden Dolls, and Radiohead covers among others), she’s taken to the producers’ chair, when a chance encounter with Berklee Tristan Allen blossomed into a full artistic collaboration. We have the details.  More

Jul 20, 2010

Last month we told you about Amanda Palmer’s latest project, the appropriately named EP, Amanda Palmer Plays the Popular hits of Radiohead on Her Magical UkuleleOut now digitally (with the record version streeting 7/20), the whole project is now streaming via Palmer’s website. More

Amanda Palmer Takes on Radiohead in New Ukulele Covers Album

Amanda Palmer Plays the Popular hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele

Jun 10, 2010

Continuing to celebrate her split from Road Runner, Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls/Evelyn Evelyn) is offering up an EP of ukulele Radiohead covers. Available July 17th, the album, titled Amanda Palmer Plays the Popular hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele, will be available via Bandcamp for the suggested donation of  84 cents per track, with 54 cents going to Radiohead for legal use of their songs. We have the details.  More

Amanda Palmer Splits From Label, Releases New Single

Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth so Help Your Black Ass?

Apr 09, 2010

After an extended battle with her record label Roadrunner, Dresden Doll and solo artist Amanda Palmer has been released from her contract. In true fashion, Palmer has chosen to celebrate her freedom by getting naked and releasing a single directly to her fans, the long-winded, "Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth so Help Your Black Ass?" More

Coachella 2009 Day Two Features Strong Sets from M.I.A., Jenny Lewis, and Fleet Foxes

Fans storm M.I.A.'s stage and Glasvegas cancel due to a hospitalized singer

Apr 20, 2009

Day two of Coachella 2009 failed to top day one, in part because of a weak headliner. But the second day did feature strong sets from M.I.A., Jenny Lewis, and Fleet Foxes. Fans storm M.I.A.'s stage and Glasvegas cancel due to a hospitalized singer. More

Read Interviews with Artists Playing Coachella

Under the Radar articles on Those Performing This Weekend

Apr 16, 2009

We have posted to our website select previous Under the Radar interviews with some of the great artists playing the Coachella festival this weekend. If you're heading out to the festival, then check out these interviews at the links below to either give you a primer on an unfamiliar artist or remind you why they are one of your favorites whose set you will definitely be catching. Even if you're not hitting the desert festival, this is a great collection of back issue content newly posted to the site. More


Interviews

Feminist Firewall

How Women in the Music Industry Are Using Social Media to Confront Sexism and Misogyny

Dec 28, 2016

A Conversation with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry, Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, Lush's Miki Berenyi, Beth Martinez, Amanda Palmer, Natalie Prass, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, Tegan and Sara's Sara Quin, and Chelsea Wolfe. More

Dec 08, 2016

Amanda Palmer doesn't have a lot of time to talk. Having spent the day rehearsing at London's Royal Albert Hall for a special David Bowie tribute concert alongside Anna Calvi, John Cale, and Marc Almond, which will be broadcast across the country by the BBC, the artist also known for being half of the outlandish cabaret/performance art duo The Dresden Dolls is moments away from enjoying a nice quiet dinner with her husband, acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, and infant son.  More

A Season For Cynics: Musicians Contemplate a Lesser-of-Two-Evils Election

A Conversation with Billy Bragg, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Kristin Kontrol, Mew's Jonas Bjerre, Moby, Thurston Moore, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Amanda Palmer, Henry Rollins, Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, Superchunk's Laura Ballance, and Andrew W.K

Nov 03, 2016

On July 11, 2016, Democratic nominee for president Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, thereby ending one of the unlikeliest campaigns in American political history. It had been a remarkable run for the 74-year-old Vermont senator, going from barely registering in national polls to running neck and neck with Clinton throughout much of the primary. And, if public statements and Twitter endorsements are to be believed, the world of indie rock stood almost unanimously in their support for him. Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear-all performed for Sanders at his rallies. Killer Mike of Run the Jewels filmed interviews with Sanders to help spread his message. More

Nov 06, 2012

Though musicians have been experimenting with crowd-funding of their projects in recent years, it’s probable that no musician has been as successful as Amanda Palmer at using her fans’ generosity to make record labels unnecessary. More

Jan 06, 2011

For Under the Radar’s 8th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2010. However our printed pages weren’t enough to hold all the great responses we got. Pick up a copy of Under the Radar’s Year End issue for interviews with: The Antlers, Bon Iver, Caribou, Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Hot Chip, Lost in the Trees, Love is All, The Love Language, Mogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River,Yoko Ono, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Superchunk, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Vivian Girls.  Then check here for bonus responses not found in the magazine. Here are additional answers from from Owen Pallett. More

Thanks for the Memories

Artists and the Early Experiences that Shaped Them

Aug 02, 2010

Everyone can point to formative experiences from childhood that influence his or her future endeavors. More

Indie Rock Parenting 101

Musician Moms and Dads on the Challenges of Raising Children on the Road

Mar 22, 2010

Whatever the perception, as any parent will tell you, raising children is hard work, and for a working musician, balancing writing, recording, and touring with being a full-time mom or dad can be extra tricky. More

Sep 30, 2006

Gothic rock, death rock, darkwave...there are countless labels that attempt to pin down a phenomenon in rock music that leans toward the darker side of human nature-thematically, stylistically, lyrically, and melodically. It peeked out at the world at certain moments in music throughout the '60s and '70s with songs like The Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs," David Bowie's "The Bewlay Brothers," and Brian Eno's "Driving Me Backwards." But it didn't really break through the surface in a big way until shortly after the punk movement, and Bauhaus were one of-if not the first-acts to introduce it to a wide audience. More


Reviews

Theatre is Evil

Theatre is Evil

8ft.

Sep 14, 2012

Amanda Palmer is suffering from an identity crisis. Theatre is Evil, Palmer's first solo album since parting ways with her label, finds the self-proclaimed piano-slayer yearning not only to do it with a rock star, but to become one. The result is a song set that begins a move away from the haunted cabaret halls where Palmer shines-but never manages to go anywhere of note. More

Amanda Palmer at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA

June 25th, 2009

Jun 29, 2009

Thursday June 25th at seven p.m., I saw Michael Jackson on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. across from the Troubadour. We didn’t exchange pleasantries. To be honest, clutching a withered “I love you” balloon, single tear streaking out of his left eye; he looked like he’d had a hard day. Even for an Amanda Palmer concert—a place where marauding punks, theater geeks, and other characters that would make my mother nervous, flock to with almost a religious fervor—it was weird. More

Coachella 2009 Day Two

April 18th, 2009

Apr 20, 2009

Day two of Coachella 2009 failed to top day one, in part because of a weak headliner. But the second day did feature strong sets from M.I.A., Jenny Lewis, and Fleet Foxes. More